Masses head to church to cel­e­brate

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Murree

WOR­SHIP at St Peter’s Catholic Church on Sun­day was like days of the past – the church was filled to ca­pac­ity

Arch­bishop of Bris­bane the Most Rev Mark Co­leridge led the mass to cel­e­brate the 75th an­niver­sary of the church.

His Grace de­scribed St Peter’s as the jewel in the crown of the church.

Parish Coun­cil pres­i­dent Petronella Camp­bell said it was won­der­ful to have such a full church along with the vol­ume of voices.

“I would like to ac­knowl­edge and thank our for­bears who worked so hard to de­velop the Biggen­den faith com­mu­nity,” she said.

“With­out their ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment we might not be cel­e­brat­ing to­day.”

Parish­ioner Bev Geissler said the orig­i­nal church was built in 1899, as a place of wor­ship for the many Ir­ish mi­grant fam­i­lies who had come to the area dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the rail­way line which was com­pleted in 1892.

“As it be­came too small the orig­i­nal church was re­placed in 1939 by to­day’s St Peter’s,” she said.

“It was re­moved to Aber­corn where it is still used for wor­ship.”

Mrs Geissler said i’s open­ing on Oc­to­ber 15, 1939, by His Grace Arch­bishop James Duhig was at­tended by about 300 peo­ple.

“This was fol­lowed by a lun­cheon in Archer’s Hall, bet­ter known to res­i­dents as the lo­cal pic­ture the­atre,” she said.

In the late 50s Biggen­den parish amal­ga­mated with Childers and has since shared the min­istry with Childers, Gin Gin, Mt Perry andWoodgate parish­ioners.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from those churches at­tended Sun­day’s ser­vice and later gath­ered at the Memo­rial Hall for a shared bas­ket lunch and fur­ther rem­i­nisc­ing.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

ST PETER’S CEL­E­BRA­TION: Tak­ing part in Sun­day’s 75th an­niver­sary are Eucharis­tic min­is­ter Craig Kim­ber, Parish priest Fr Sunny Mathew, Arch­bishop of Bris­bane Most Rev Mark Co­leridge, Emily Burns and Joshua Maroney of Childers and Sem­i­nar­ian Od­i­naka Nwadike and, front, Chloe and Jor­dan Galea.

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